Police: Freeport woman attempted to kidnap young girl in front of child's mother

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FREEPORT, Long Island (WABC) -- A Nassau County woman is accused of trying to kidnap a 6-year-old girl - right in front of the child's mother.

The incident happened inside a business on Merrick Road in Freeport on Tuesday night.

Police say 20-year-old Lela Witts grabbed the girl's arm and pulled her outside, and onto the sidewalk. The 6-year-old's mother was able to grab her daughter, and get her back inside.

Investigators say Witts then went across the street to a diner, where an eyewitness pointed her out to police.